How Does a Genius Get a Job?
By Gina Amaro Rudan
Four years ago—literally on the first day of the recession—I quit my job. Yep, I left my comfy corporate cocoon for a much riskier life as an entrepreneur. When I announced to my family and friends that I had made this decision, many thought I was crazy. In one way, they were right; the double life I had been leading up to this point was driving me crazy.
While Corporate Gina was becoming stale and emotionally distanced from her work, Creative Gina was sneaking out of bed at night to write and explore the world of ideas. And the more I cultivated my creative curiosity, the less my paycheck motivated me. So I jumped off the career cliff and set out to create a life at the intersection of what I loved and what I was good at—the place where every person’s genius resides. Of course, this wasn’t a recreational bungee jump for me; it was a leap of faith that this dramatic change in the way I would approach my work and my life would, you know, also pay the bills!
I’m here to tell you what no career coach or job counselor will ever tell you: Quit looking for a job and start looking for the whole life you want to lead. Because the best way to get the job you want is to be the genius you really are. Hint: I’m not talking about the resume you; I’m talking about the vibrantly visible, wholly integrated, fully loaded you. Here’s where to start: